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Summer 2009
Not good day
erika_sanely
Sweet christ on a crutch, wtf is happening in my country??

One state has devastating floods, another is having a mega-bush fire. There is something incredibly wrong with that picture.

So far the bushfire has taken 181 lives with people saying the death toll is definately going to go over 200. It's the biggest disaster we've seen ever. Our largest numbers of deaths outside of wartime. Whole towns have been completely destroyed with some losing 10% of their population. It's just...insane.

I've registered to give blood next week, though by the sound of it every person between the ages of 16 and 70 have done the same thing, and I probably won't get a call back until sometime in the next two or three weeks. (Blood donation enquires have gone from the usual 1500 a month to 13,000 this week.)

I remember the Ash Wednesday fires that happened 20 years ago, and how much they devastated the country, and these ones...these fires are just viscious.

For the past 3 days we've had smoke in the air, which is slightly disturbing. WW is 4 hours from the NSW/Victorian border, but when the sun goes down you can see a glow from the horizon. I cannot even begin to imagine how the people affected by this are going to cope.
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Geez, I didn't realize you were that close to the area. *HUGS* Stay safe, hon.

Wildfires are scary as hell. There were several when I was living in Arizona, one of which came a lot closer to my apartment than I like to think about. The smoke was horrible, and the glow from the fires at night as it crawled down the mountain closer and closer was terrifying. The fire crews had their base camp in a field almost directly behind my apartment complex, which was oddly comforting; I knew as long as they were there, my area was safe.

It also meant there were a lot of buff, sweaty, and sexy men in uniform in the grocery store next door which certainly didn't hurt the view any. They don't call 'em hot shot crews for nothin'. ;)

Firemen are very very sexy. :-)

The thing of it is, is that we're not that close to the fires. The fires are close to Melbourne (Capital of Victoria), and Melbourne is a 6 - 7 hour drive from where I am, but due to winds and stuff most of NSW is covered in the smoke. You could drive from the here to there in less than a day, but it's still aways to go. I think it's the fact that so much of Victoria has gone up in flames, and so many people have died is what's screwing with people's minds at the moment; it is virtually impossible to find someone who doesn't know someone who has lost everything they own.

I think in terms of natural disasters, this is Australia's Katrina. Which just stops you in your tracks. It's going to take a very long time before things go back to normal. Most people I know have stopped watching the news - myself included - as we're at the stage were if you see one more story about a family who perished trying to outrun a fire that had been moving at 120kmph you'd go to bed and never come out.

I think in terms of natural disasters, this is Australia's Katrina. Which just stops you in your tracks. It's going to take a very long time before things go back to normal. Most people I know have stopped watching the news - myself included

HUGS. I get that, I really do. What helped me was getting involved in the relief operations. I couldn't physically go to New Orleans to pitch in as a volunteer, but I was able to help with donations to the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations, and help friends gather up food, clothing, toiletries &c for people who had lost everything in the storm. You mentioned giving blood, which is another good thing to do.

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